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Look for these trends to come to Big Data analytics in 2016.

When it comes to Big Data trends, it seems that everyone has an opinion.  Want to see if your favorite aspect of this technology is on an upward trajectory?  It depends which report you read, which expert you ask, or which industry conference you attend.  Still, once you do the research, certain trends are definitely emerging.  What are they?

Big Data Trends for 2016 and Beyond

While no longer in its infancy, Big Data is still growing in its technology, its adoption, and its usefulness.  With that in mind, let’s look at some fairly universal trends that we can expect to see in Big Data over the next year:

  • Business Users Get More Control. One of Big Data’s key strengths is that it synthesizes large amounts of information into useable facts. So it only makes sense that Big Data will also get easier for the average person to navigate.  Dashboards — already an analytics standby for the business user — will continue to mature, becoming more interactive, intuitive, and user-friendly.  In particular, look for the growth of self-serve data analytics programs, such as Absolutdata’s NAVIK products, to really take off.
  • Big Data Technologies Keep Evolving. Changes in the technologies powering Big Data was perhaps one of the most widely-covered trends for 2016. For example, Ben Rossi and others have pointed to the increased adoption of NoSQL databases and non-traditional database vendors as a trend to watch.  In the same article, Rossi predicted that Hadoop, despite some controversy, will also continue to mature by adding enterprise standards and achieving a speedier performance.
  • Data Security and Privacy Moves into the Spotlight. Arijit Sengupta, CEO of BeyondCore, points to changes in international law as the drivers of increased awareness of data security. Alongside this, though, we can cite the mounting public concern surrounding data privacy, storage, and collection practices. As technology grows and people provide data about themselves in ever greater amounts, expect the law to start regulating more stringently the safeguards businesses use.
  • Data Comes From Everywhere. In an article on CIO, Hortonworks CTO Scott Gnau shared his projections for Big Data, and they centered around where business will find their facts. Of course, traditional data sources will still remain, and using the Internet of Things is not a new concept.  What Mr. Gnau foresees, though is the Internet of Anything – basically, data wherever it is found.  Sure, this will come at a cost — we’re looking at integration and processing power, for one thing — but it could also potentially open up a much wider range of information for analysis.

Watching the speedy evolution of Big Data and its related technologies is exciting.  What will 2016 bring? We’re all waiting to see!  Check in with the Absolutdata blog, and we’ll keep you up-to-date with the world of data analytics.

Authored by Titir Pal, Director – Analytics at Absolutdata